The Award Winning Movie, The King’s Speech, is a moving movie that stirs emotion to any viewer. This movie took the Best Picture in the Academy Awards, the Best Actor in the Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actor and Best Ensemble Cast in the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The King’s Speech is a movie that has deservedly earned the accolades it has received and I will seek to highlight the reasons as to why this is true.
Firstly, the movie’s plot of the movie is based on the original and real life of King George V and his two sons Edward, the Prince of Wales (otherwise known as David) and Albert, the Duke of York. The movie is pegged behind the speech problem that the sons of King George V, Albert and Edward had. This authenticity on portraying real life historical events is quite accurate with very little deviation from the facts to merely improve the quality and direction of the movie.
Secondly, the performance by the ensemble of actors was spectacular. Colin Firth, who plays Edward the Prince of Wales, who later becomes King George VI, is revealing. He portrays all the characteristics of King George VI with accuracy. He depicts the struggle of King George VI with his debilitating speech problem. His stuttering appears to be authentic and draws emotion to his desire to lead the people of England with the country at the brink of war. Geoffrey Rush’s depiction of Lionel Logue is riveting. Considering the character had no professional qualifications in speech therapy, he brings out an expert in Lionel Logue.
Finally, the movie brings out a clear portrayal of some of the struggles that are underlying in the royal family. King Edward VII’s determination in marrying Wallis Simpson, a married woman with a prior divorce bring a constitutional crisis. This leads to the eventual abdication of his brother King Edward VII. This leads to the vacancy on the throne that Edward is forced to take. This brings out the strict code of conduct that is imposed and expected of the royal family. In wanting to pursue his desire, Edward ends up losing his throne.
Furthermore, the theme of friendship is brought out with King George VI and Lionel Logue. The two men, patient and therapist, develop an unbound friendship when in the course of speech therapy, Lionel seeks to find the psychological cause of the King’s stammer. This leads to King reveal important personal information on his history with his family. This meant the King had to trust Lionel with confidential information. Their friendship leads to the eventual rise in power for Lionel.
In conclusion, the movie is a masterpiece in its own regard. The movie’s plot, cast ensemble and themes that are not only riveting, but also moving. This movie leads the audience to care and develop concern for individuals who stammer in the society. Furthermore, the movie displays the struggles that are underlying within the royal family, struggles that are not always seen in public. The movie also brings out the personal struggle of a leader to maintain duty and service even after being stripped of his birth right as rightful heir to the throne. The ups and downs of the life within family, sibling rivalry and parental partiality are all depicted in the movie. This movie is truly a masterpiece.
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